Union Community Health Center (UNION), operating continuously as a health care provider in the Bronx since 1909, is one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in NYS, with a proven record of accomplishment of providing a full range of quality primary care and dental services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors of underserved, high-need communities throughout the Bronx. UNION’s mission is to provide comprehensive, culturally competent primary and preventive health care services to improve the health status and decrease health disparities of the medically underserved populations in the Bronx, providing services to all regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or the ability to pay.
UNION continues to impact more residents each year with five clinic locations and two Mobile Units (medical and dental). UNION serves over 30,000 underserved residents of the Bronx provides over 180,000 patient care visits annually. UNION is an impressive model of a holistic and integrated approach to patient care that unifies primary care, behavioral health, and dental care providers, creating one team, designing and delivering care for each patient. Additionally, UNION provides specialty services, needed and otherwise difficult for Medicaid patients to access, including physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, audiology, cardiology, behavioral health and psychiatric services among many others.
UNION has a vested interest and is committed to addressing the healthcare inequality to underserved population and to provide patient-centered, holistic approach, quality care and individualized exercise program to maximize patient functional independence at our state of the art facility. UNION stands on its mission to provide the community with informed, innovative, and outcome-oriented health care services and offers a unique wide range of sub specialties and represent an unprecedented practice. Our vigorous array of physical rehab services allows patients to access all related services at a UNION location, efficiently and conveniently. UNION invests heavily in continuing staff education and training. Doing so maintains the skills of our experienced therapists in order to connect patients with the right therapist in order to deliver the kind of effective customized program our patient deserves.
Our outstanding occupational and physical therapist have been spearheading one of many subspecialty area of physical rehabilitation. Our scope and programs is one of the most diverse and comprehensive in the Bronx and includes: Hand therapy, Lymphedema, Pelvic Rehab, Pediatric, Orthopedic, Vestibular rehab, and a unique Wheelchair Program. Some innovative technologies within our program include: AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, EMSELLA, and M6 MLS Laser therapy
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Evaluate and test patient’s physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals.
- Assist to meet patient’s goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining occupational therapy treatment plan in consultation with physicians or by prescription. Coordinate treatment plan with patient, family and/or primary caretaker, and rehab team.
- Helps patient develop or regain physical or mental functioning or adjust disabilities by implementing programs involving practice in functional, prevocational, vocational, and homemaking skills, activities of daily living, and sensorimotor, educational, recreational, and social activities; directing aides, technicians, and assistants.
- Assures continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing and instructing patients, families, and caregivers in home exercise programs; recommending and/ or providing assistive equipment; recommending outpatient or home health follow up programs.
- Evaluates need for and fabricates splints and/or adaptive equipment as indicated. Recommends or issues equipment necessary to promote patient’s functional independence.
- Clinical supervision is provided as necessary
- Education Required: Graduate of an accredited Occupational Therapy program.
- License(s) Required: New York State license and current registration.
- Experience/Skills Required:
- Must have experience in evaluating and treating patient in one of the specialty area such pediatric, hand therapy, early mobilization, and lymphedema.
- Ability to grow and manage a specialty program.
- Excellent communication skills to develop and foster patient and referring physician relationships.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively with the team.
- High energy and ability to take initiative.
- Desire and self-reliance to implement a shared mission statement of a patient centered OT practice.
- Minimum two years qualified and professionally responsible experience. The number of years’ experience does not necessarily qualify for this position. It is the quality of that experience that will determine an appropriate candidate. This person should be a skilled practitioner who has demonstrated ability for administration, teaching and working with others. Specifically: experience in inpatient facilities, displaying the ability to work independently and perform comprehensive evaluation and treatment; experience in out-patient facilities with an emphasis on manual therapy, pediatric, lymphedema and wound care; has supervised all levels of students during field work; has good to excellent supervisory skills.
TO APPLY send CV to:
Josephine Dolera, DPT
Director of Rehabilitation Services
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